Collective Killings in Rural China during the Cultural Revolution

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 21, 2011 - Political Science
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The violence of Mao's China is well known, but its extreme form is not. In 1967 and 1968, during the Cultural Revolution, collective killings were widespread in rural China in the form of public execution. Victims included women, children, and the elderly. This book is the first to systematically document and analyze these atrocities, drawing data from local archives, government documents, and interviews with survivors in two southern provinces. This book extracts from the Chinese case lessons that challenge the prevailing models of genocide and mass killings and contributes to the historiography of the Cultural Revolution, in which scholarship has mainly focused on events in urban areas.

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On the Record
Community and Culture
Class Enemies
Maos Ordinary Men
Demobilizing Law
Framing War
Patterns of Killing
Understanding Atrocities in Plain Sight
Methodological Issues and Statistical Analyses

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Yang Su is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. A social movement scholar, he has published work on social movements in the United States and in China. His research has appeared in flagship journals including American Sociological Review, Law and Society Review, the Journal of Asian Studies, and China Quarterly. A native of Guangdong, he holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University.

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